Centre-back Ibrahima Konate started for Liverpool against Porto at Anfield last night.
The Frenchman helped the Reds secure a 2-0 victory over the Portuguese side.
However, former Liverpool forward Michael Owen was not impressed with Konate during the aforementioned Champions League group stage fixture.
“Konate worries me a little bit, I must say.
“He presses a little bit, he comes in and likes to mark men and a lot of the time he gets done in behind.
“A couple of times there, we missed one or two off the reel we could’ve shown where people are getting in behind him so I think they’ve just got to be careful without [Virgil] van Dijk there [rested].”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
As Owen has stated, there were a few moments when Konate did get caught out against Porto.
But, we aren’t prepared to criticise the 22-year-old just yet. The reality is, the centre-back only signed for Liverpool from RB Leipzig last summer.
Therefore, it would be fair to assume that the youngster is still adapting to his new environment. Konate is also learning a new system, so we should not be expecting too much from him at this current moment.
To be fair to the Frenchman, he did play reasonably well against Porto. Konate registered a WhoScored player rating of 7.02.
We would rather focus on the positives rather than the negatives when it comes to the centre-back’s performance against Porto.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.